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Now, I have become involved in a discussion on the Gallic versus Roman manpower and power at the time of Caesar's invasion, and would like to get your take on it. Basically it started in one of the usual debates on who was a great general (it is a wargaming forum, but a decent one) and some people argued that Caesar's Gallic wars was nothing as the Gauls were already collapsing and devastated by their own internal warfare. basically that Caesar could just waltz in and do as he pleased. Now this was, IMO, obviously not the case, so I argued against this fact and asked for sources while presenting instead the well-known lack of Roman manpower of the late Republic and the fact that as urbanisation cannot happen in a power vacuum and does not happen in a fast dwindling people, and because urbanisation did happen in Gaul, Gaul was clearly not this wasteland. The source (from the more serious of the opponents of Caesar's greatness), is Caesar's Gallic wars where he twice says that the Aedui are exhausted by war. I dismissed both for source critical reasons as they are clearly invalid in their context and I am now told that "several well-respected professors" hold to the view that Gaul was exhausted by civil war, dwindling and with a power-vacuum just waiting for someone like Caesar. However, having myself been one of those to argue against and change the traditional interpretation held by several (generations) of Danish medieval historians on the Danish middle ages, I place little value of such. I want to see if their sources and interpretations hold up to closer scrutiny or, like the ones of the "old guard" in Danish medieval history did not. So I ask here as well, does anyone have knowledge of the subject? Sources? I have next to no knowledge on the matter of Gallic manpower (but see fault in the argument and sources I have been presented with). Does anyone here know more? The original discussion can be read at its full length here<http://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?126547-Is-Caesar-overrated-as-general>, there is some of the usual internet diatribe, but skib that. Best wishes, Rasmussen, Palle, independant scholar. ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war ----- ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----